Rafah, Gaza

Summer 2005

In the summer of 2005, Break the Silence in Gaza was Susan Greene, Sara Kershner and John Halaka. With the support of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, MECA and  Gaza City Mental Health Program, BTS traveled to the town of Rafah to paint a community mural that would honor Rachel Corrie and the cause for which she lost her life. In 2003 Rachel was working in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement, www.palsolidarity.org,  and was run over by an Israeli driven bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of the home of a Palestinian pharmacist and his family.

Working with local artists and friends of Rachel’s, BTS painted a mural on the Health Worker Committee Building, that houses the Rachel Corrie Center for Children and Youth.  This mural,  250′ x 8′, depicts aspects of daily life for Palestinians under occupation and the hope that solidarity brings.  In the lobby of the building is a second mural, 15′ x 13’, that more specifically focuses on Rachel.  It has a portrait of her and a quote:  “I think it’s important that human rights and resistance to oppression be included in the way we define ourselves as a community…

www.rachelcorriefoundation.org/

www.ism-london.org/

This project has grown into “A Tale of Two Cities- Olympia-Rafah Mural Project” http://www.olympiarafahmural.org

To learn more about the Peace and Development Fund: www.peacedevelopmentfund.org